The Ali Pasha Bridge, also called Dunavat Bridge, is one of the few remaining parts of a large aqueduct system built by Ali Pasha of Tepelena in the beginning of the 19th century. Gjirokastra Castle didn’t have any water supply so the network of aqueducts was built to fill the castle’s cisterns with water from Mount Sopot, about 10 kilometers away. Large parts of the aqueduct system were destroyed in 1932, but this section in the Dunavat quarter of Gjirokastra still remains and is now rather used as a footpath for hikers and goats.
The bridge can be reached via a 30 minute hike from Gjirokastra, with the last part being a breathtaking experience with amazing views over the valley and surrounding mountains.
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